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Catalan concern: Lionel Messi's open-play goal drought suggests Barcelona's off-field problems are manifesting on the pitch

Added 10-25-20 01:37:01pm EST - “Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid marked the sixth successive game in which Lionel Messi has failed to score from open play, suggesting the tense accord between the player and club is far from steady.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Catalan concern: Lionel Messi's open-play goal drought suggests Barcelona's off-field problems are manifesting on the pitch”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Messi plunged Barcelona into chaos in August when he announced his intention to leave the club on a free transfer prior to the start of the current La Liga season.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner cited language in his contract which he said guaranteed him the right to leave the club at a time of his choosing.

However, both Barcelona and La Liga disputed this and Messi opted to stay as a potential showdown in court loomed. 

Despite initially promising signs, the evidence on the pitch suggests that there remains an imbalance at the Camp Nou. The home defeat leaves the club languishing in 12th place in the Spanish top division, already six points behind league leaders Real Madrid, as the pressure starts to ramp up on new boss Ronald Koeman. 

Barcelona have dropped points in three of their first five league games. In addition to the stinging defeat to Real, they could only a muster a 1-1 draw with Europa League specialists Sevilla and also suffered a shock 1-0 reverse to Getafe. 

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